This is a great activity to support your work with multiplication and division. Students will need to have a fair understanding in the foundation concepts of multiplication and understand there is a link between multiplication and division. (I like to teach the two concepts together!)
This activity is designed to help students see the patterns that exist in basic math facts and use this understanding to increase their math fact fluency.
The Sort and Discuss is designed to have students sorting their math facts, then stopping for discussion to facilitate a deeper understanding of the patterns they see. Therefore, the group should work together. Remind students not to skip ahead to the next step, but rather stay with the group and participate in the discussions.
Discussions solidify understanding!
My first Sort and Discuss is a freebie for you to try with your students.
'More math fact Sort and Discuss activities to come!